Strictly Jazz Sounds (Part 1)

Another set acquired when released,. Saw one new copy still available (with a very high asking price) but a few reasonably priced used sets are on offer. Attending a terrific performance of Audra McDonald’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is the closest I ever came to hearing Lady Day live, but it gave more than hint of just how special that would have been.


The Billie Holliday I do have, purchased when it came out. I enjoy it to this day. The Ellington Box set, that is one that got away from me and now I regret not purchasing it.

@Sohail & Serhan, great challenge. You got me thinking about Wynton and his playing I too find it technical or somewhat distant. A couple LPs came to mind when he was with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. I’l pull one and see how it holds up and report back. That is assuming I can find them.

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That’s a challenging question to answer when limited to only 3.

I know only Wynton’s classical recordings so I have no suggestions as to his jazz.

In classical playing you must first have technical mastery to even sit down to play. Then you need to make something of the music in front of you. Those with only technique tend to be weeded out quickly.

An interesting article on Mr. Marsalis.

Interesting indeed!

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I hear a lot more than just technique with Wynton. And I don’t mean just a big ass ego too. :wink:

His albums “Live at the House of the Tribes” and “Midnight Hour” show some of his less squeaky clean work, and honestly I find a lot of soul in the first albums of his that I learned to like, the “Soul Gestures in the Southern Blue” trilogy.


I think Wynton (different than Branford) is one of the most disrespected (by jazz musicians and jazz aficionados) of the highly respected musicians.

Great suggestions! Those are already on my digital favorites list. I have DSD version of them all. Would love to hear them in vinyl, just to compare.

The Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue you mentioned is sublime.


Midnight Blue has grown to be perhaps my favorite jazz album of all time, even greater than the big shots…


Can you have one more version of Time Out? Yes apparently. Listening to this one now on Qobuz - released last month. The out-takes make an excellent album. Sound quality is excellent.


Paul Desmond had one of the greatest quotes ever in 1976, when after a physical exam showed he had lung cancer, he instead was pleased with the condition of his liver: “Pristine, perfect. One of the great livers of our time. Awash in Dewars and full of health.” He died in May, 1977.

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For years, Kind of Blue was my favorite Miles Davis album; masterpiece for sure.

However, I first heard Sorcerer in 2013 and it’s de-throned Kind of Blue in my mind for top spot.

I hear a nearly unlimited amount of chemistry on this album between Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams and Davis.

Williams’ drive throughout the album is incredible.

To my ears, the Mobile Fidelity SACD sounds superior to other versions.


I find Bill Evans Peace Piece off of Everybody Digs to be sublime and it seems like it’s something that might have been inspired by Satie.


Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto “Por Causa de Voce/Because of You: A Birthday Celebration of Antonio Carlos Jobim” featuring Maucha Andet and Romero Lubambo

All I can say is everytime I play this cd I feel so much better. Beautiful music, excellent live recording. Swinging, real jazz feeling, excellent singing and playing.



you can have “Time In” as well :smile:

Edit: by the way, I highly recommend this record. It contrasts Time Out, and Time Further Out when it goes beyond West Coast Jazz more in the direction of Hard Bop. The ballad “Softly William” contrasts with the other tracks and has some very cool chords.


I enjoyed track 4: Theme by Handel(Jazzed up) performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Dave Brubeck, Paquito D’Rivera and Matt Brubeck!

Kenny Burrell collaborated with many. I recommend the following for ease of appreciation:
This record is special for the superior performance of the great tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. He performs on 4 out of the 8 tracks. The playing is so affectionate and close to the heart. Recorded September 1962. Prestige 00888072306585

Burrell is joined by the incredible prolific Jimmy Smith on the Hammond Organ. This was recorded in second half of July 1963. Verve 00731455745320

Burrell is joined by Grover Washington Jr. who assimilates the relaxed tone of Sonny Rollins. This session includes compositions by Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey, Kenny Burrell, George Gershwin, and Grover Washington Jr. Blue Note 724352565122